Cardinals Trounce Mustangs 22-11
Robinson scores eight goals in the game
WASHINGTON - Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin ) scored eight goals to lead the Catholic University women's lacrosse team, 22-11 past the Villa Julie Mustangs (4-9, 1-5 CAC) Thursday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium. The incredibly physical game was all CUA as the Cards scored first and held the lead for the entire contest. With the win the Cardinals improve to 9-3 on the season and 4-2 in the Capital Athletic Conference.
Just a minute into the game the Cards were ahead 2-0 thanks to a pair of scores by Katie Bitonti (North Potomac, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) and Jessie Euler (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson ) of the first two possessions of the game. CUA would dominate the first half thanks to five goals from Robinson and two from Euler. The Cards were up 3-0 before Villa Julie finally got on the board on a free position shot from Jamie Jones. Despite allowing a score the Cardinals stayed in control on both the offensive and defensive ends.
Two CUA players hit milestones during the first period as junior Courtney Valeo (West Norriton, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy ) scored her first career goal at 5:57 and sophomore Lindsay Bitonti (North Potomac, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) netted her's as well with just second remaining in the half. CUA went into the locker room with a commanding 11-4 advantage.
The second half was incredibly physical as cards proved to be the Cardinals' downfall. CUA allowed a 3-1 Villa Julie run to open up the half and in the frustration committed a number of penalties resulting in a six-minute man down disadvantage. During the span the Mustangs took advantage scoring four goals in a row. However, the Cards were able connected on three as well to stay on top 15-11. After getting back to even the Cardinals began right where they left off finishing the game with a 7-0 run. During the rally freshman Alex Kelley (Gt. Barrington, Mass./Berkshire School) connected to notch her first collegiate goal. At the final horn CUA had the 22-11 CAC victory.
CUA held an advantage in almost every category outshooting the Mustangs 44-25 and picking up 11 more ground balls. The Cards also had fewer turnover accumulating just 20 to VJC's 27. CUA won draw controls 19-15. Melissa Brashear (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic ) took the win in goal with nine saves for the game.
The Cards have just three games left in the regular season. CUA will play its final conference game on Wednesday at home against Marymount at 1:30 p.m.